I moved away from Ohio(my family and my closest friends) in July of 2006. I set out on an unknown adventure, and God totally blessed me with a job, a new car, and a place to live. In the process, I officially dedicated my life to God and found myself in a season on truly knowing what it’s like to be alone.
I met some amazing people in Jacksonville, and have already made some very close friends in Atlanta. God has provided me with so much, but the one aspect of my life that I feel is missing (aside from my husband) is close core group of friends. I am always reminded of this want and need around holidays, especially when I spend these holidays alone. I was along on Thanksgiving this year. I didn’t do anything yesterday for Valentine’s Day. Last Easter Sunday, I ate dinner alone at Cheesecake Factory. I don’t mention all of these things to get sympathy; on the contrary, I say it because I know there has to be other single people out there who are going through the same thing as me. I’ve been invited to spend holidays with people’s families, but I have to be honest and say I don’t want to spend a special day with people I have never met before.
I want a solid, organic group of people who I can fellowship with, share meals with, and who I feel comfortable inviting into my home, especially for holidays. I haven’t found this group of people yet. Most, if not all, of my friends here in Atlanta leave town for holidays, or are married and spend these days with their spouses or family. I love my friends, but we’re not on the same level when it comes to things like this.
I’ve decided, through my years of struggles, that it’s time to get started on a major part of the ministry I know God wants me to have. So, from now on, I am going to host events on all American holidays that I will be in town in Atlanta. Some will be home made meals, some will be bowling events or movies, some can just be eating out or lounging around with close friends. I decided last night that when I am married, I want my husband and I to host events like this every year for our single friends, or our friends who don’t have family in the town we live in. Why wait for that time when I can start doing this now? This is a calling on my life and I am going to answer it! So, here is what I need from you: if you’re reading this and you can relate, send me a message! If you’re reading this and you have a friend in Atlanta who you know needs a group like this, message them and tell them to message me. If you’re in Atlanta and want to be a part of these events, get in touch with me! I am going to get the ball rolling soon, and with Easter right around the corner, I want to start meeting up with people and forming a group now!
I trust God to send the right people.
I trust that through this step of faith, I will form solid friendships with some amazing and Godly people!
I trust this will work out for His glory!
I am excited….